Memorial unveiled for Channel Island evacuees

A memorial has been unveiled in Weymouth to remember thousands of Channel Island children evacuated from their homes amid the German occupation.

Jersey's Lieutenant Governor, General Sir John McColl and Lady McColl joined St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft at the ceremony.

They were greeted by children dressed in clothing of the war time era.

The chairman and founder of the Jersey Evacuees Association, Jean McLaughlin, said it was very significant.

The memorial marked where they landed more than 70 years ago.

Mrs McLaughlin said it was the first time many of them had left their island homes.

She said: "It was such a memorable occasion and very close to one's heart.

"I just think of my mum and dad, the thousands that came here from all over the Channel Islands, it has been wonderful."

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